Blog: Katie Belle Oliver Senior Spotlight
Katie Belle Oliver, one of our 2019 graduates, has been home educated her entire life, actively attends Rosemont Baptist Church and has been a member of the LCS Soccer team throughout high school. Additionally, Katie Belle has been accepted into the Impact 360 Fellows Program where she plans to take a gap-year before pursuing the desired major paths of psychology or criminology, even though which college to attend is still unclear.
“We are all so thrilled that she will be attending Impact 360 Fellows program next fall,” Mrs. Christine Oliver comments on Katie Belle’s acceptance into Impact, “It was a desire of her heart, and we are grateful to the Lord that He has made a place for her there. We believe that He will use it as a time to challenge and grow Katie Belle in many important ways as she begins the transition into adulthood. It goes without saying, but we could not be more proud of Katie Belle. She is a wonderful daughter and sister; a true and precious gift from the Lord.”
Caitlyn Daniel, another 2019 graduate and best friend of Katie Belle, also has plans and passions about being an attendant of the Impact 360 Fellows Program. When asked what were her feelings on the fact she plausibly could be sharing another year with Katie Belle at Impact, she responded with enthusiasm and excitement.
“I’m ecstatic that there is potential for us spending another year together! I think we have a lot to learn together and from each other.”
When asked if she had any favorite moments, Katie Belle answered it was hard to pick; there were too many. “Probably all the times with friends.” Nonetheless, friends and family helped fill in the gap with joyous and hilarious memories.
Mrs. Oliver shares, “Some of our favorite memories of Katie Belle are love letters. We never saw her leave them, but it was a regular occurrence to find notes taped to a mirror, put carefully on a pillow, or deposited in a hundred places that the note's recipient was sure to find them. Little letters full of "I love you" that still fill our hearts today.
“Another favorite memory that our family has of Katie Belle is the Christmas morning when she was eleven. She received a book about a girl who got a horse for Christmas. As she read the book, tears of joy began to flow as she realized that she was the girl and she was the one getting the horse. As our family watched, there were no dry eyes among us.”
Caitlyn Daniel also reveals, “She’s always dancing or making me laugh or encouraging me in some way. I’ve loved and appreciated going to the beach with her family for the past two years. We always end up crying from laughing so hard at some point on the trip!”
Grace Asnip, Katie Belle’s older sister, continues to lavish on Katie’s horse-riding experience. “I remember,” she starts, “coming home from college and watching her work her horse Heidi in the arena. Let me tell you, despite her positive qualities, Heidi is a pain in the rear-end. But Katie has spent countless hours developing a connection with her horses, particularly Heidi, working through her issues and theirs. She is always pushing herself and Heidi to go further.”
In addition to all these special memories, advice for Katie Belle was given from a few close individuals.
Mrs. Christine Oliver starts with saying, “Our prayer for her is Numbers 6:24-26, ‘The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.’”
“God is not an easy answer.” Mrs. Asnip explains, “We make a little box for God in our minds and have the audacity to expect Him to stay there. But when life happens, we go running back to the box we made, realizing God doesn’t fit in your box (surprise.) We can’t box God and label Him. Even if you can’t understand Him, focus on trying to continue to know Him (there is a difference). Sit in the tension with Him.”
Mrs. Dawn Hays, the founder of the Olive Plants Co-Op, also relishes on times in class with Katie Belle. “When I think of Katie Belle,” she tells, “two of my Shakespeare classes immediately come to mind. In middle school, I assigned her the role of Helena, one of the love interests in A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I don’t know that I’ve ever laughed as hard as I did that semester as she, Breana, John Reed, and Micah read through lines like, “Thy lips, those kissing cherries”! There were so many moments when we had to stop reading and just laugh until we couldn’t breathe. Katie Belle, with her sweet disposition, always brought so much joy to the classroom as she brings to life. I am thankful for the years I have had as her tutor.”
Katie Belle is a strong, generous, hardworking, kind-hearted lady. However, more importantly, she is a godly young woman, serving her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, with all her heart, soul, mind and deeds. Her favorite Bible passage is Colossians 3:23, which states: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”